This weeks question is:
"Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?"
I think that I read more widely than I used to, but still the genre that I primarily read and review is contemporary literary fiction. I think that this is what I read because I am trained to read it. I have an M.A. in Literature and many of the classes that I enjoyed most throughout my education- graduate and undergraduate- were contemporary American and British Literature classes. I was always really drawn to the books in those classes and my critical interests-psychoanalysis and trauma studies- were most suited to contemporary books. So, when I read it now, even though I'm not engaging in the same kind of critical reading, I still get a lot of intellectual stimulation from reading in the genre. I also enjoy seeing how literature evolves and changes and seeing the old become new again in different writers' style.